Multiple story lines unfolded last night as Montgomery Motor Speedway presented the Saturday of Speed. 220 laps of hard charging action thrilled the fans as they witnessed a strong field of Pro Late Models 22 strong compete on the historic oval.

Budweiser fast time qualifying started the evening as Dennis Reno Jr. scooted his x2 pro late model around the track for a time of 19.133. The next 3 competitors posted times that were only 1 thousands of a second apart. Pensacola’s Mike Garvey was timed at 19.166, Jasper Alabama’s John Bolen 19.167 and Leeds Alabama driver Justin South at a 19.168. 

The race started with a brisk pace as the Buddy’s Home Furnishing, triple K Construction, Beef O’Bradys #1 of Garvey led the field. Challenges from x2 Reno, #88 Garrett Jones from Mooresville N.C.and R.S. Senter From Flowery Branch Ga. Just could not overtake the machine of Garvey.

Trouble brought out the caution on lap 1 as the #30 of Rusty Sanford Jr from Seminary, MS. , #61 of Goodlettesville TN T.W. Fisher and the 5n of Shane Nalley all were caught up on the back stretch. Contact on lap 12 between #13 Bill Bethea III and #3 of Jordan McCallum saw the yellow fly again. The race hit its rhythm as things went well till a hard hit by #3 McCallum ended the Lizello, Georgians night on lap 41.Korey Ruble #18 in the Ronnie Sanders machine worked his way to the front after an early pit stop but just didn’t have enough and posted a second place finish. R.S.Senter #10 drove his way to a 3rd place podium finish and contended for the lead during the contest Local driver Perry Patino had a great showing in his first pro late model race at Montgomery Motor Speedway finishing 4th The Last caution flew on lap 92 and it was an 8 lap shootout to the end. Mike Garvey was able to hold off the stiff competition for his first win of the 2014 season at Montgomery Motor Speedway.

Saturday of Speed 100
1st Mike Garvey #1g
2nd Korey Ruble #18
3rd R.S. Senter #10
4th Perry Patino #51
5th Garrett Jones #88
6th Kyle McCallum #2
7th Bobby Knox Jr. #30
8th Johnny Brazier #71
9th Bill Bethea Jr. #13
10thChuck Tuck #17
11thJr Bolen #24
12thWarren Mobley #95
13thShane Nalley #5n
14thJustin Ashburn #98
15thDennis Reno Jr. x2
16thJustin South #43
17thJordan McCallum #3
18thJohn Bolen #2
19thDarin Cronin #5c
20thT.W. Fisher #61
21stRusty Sanford Jr #30
22ndDNS Chase Oliver #5

A second race was unfolding as the race went on for the 2014 Pro late model championship as John Bolen started the night with an eighteen point lead over Montgomerys Bill Bethea III and 20 points over 3rd place Chase Oliver. Olivers evening ended before it really started as he had to pull from competition due to mechanical issues. Bolen looked to have things wrapped up after his strong qualifying effort at 3rd separating himself from Bethea by 11 positions. Jaspers Bolen was logging laps when disaster struck and he slowed on the backstretch on lap 35 ending his night. Auto Performance engines sponsored Bethea kept at it all night trying to gain as much ground as possible on Bolen. Bethea ended the night in 9th place and tied in points with Bolen. The effort was just not quite enough as the tie breaker goes to John Bolen #2 due to his win on June 14th. Congratulations to the Bolen Motorsports team on the 2014 Pro Late Model Championship.

Open Wheel Modifieds returned to MMS for a 50 lap contest and gave the fans a thrill featuring cool looking super fast racecars. Budweiser Pole Award went to Donnie Hamrac from Mobile Alabama in the #8 car with a time of 19.836. Huntsville Al. driver Jeff Letson #131 was a tick off at 19.865. Johnny Brazier pulling double duty on this race night filed a time of 19.886, Parker Pugh #131p was 4th at 20.186 and Rocky Rogers from Jasper. Al rounded out the top 5 at 20.203.

During opening ceremonies Hamrac rolled a 6 on the die to put the #00 of Brandon Curren on the pole for the start of the feature. Attrition grabbed some of the top cars early in the race as Brazier had to park his day glow orange #71 after only 4 laps. Lap 11 saw the caution fly as #47 Harvest Alabama’s John Thomas spun in turn 2 and ended his evening. Lap 20 and 21 saw the retirement of #77 Troy Grey and #17 Wade Redd for mechanical issues.The laps clicked off as Hamrac #8 and Letson #131 put on a show. Letsons car started running hot and robbed the motor of power needed to gain the top spot. Donnie Hamrac claims his second win in as many races at Montgomery Motor Speedway in 2014.

Open Wheel Modifieds 50 lap
1st Donnie Hamrac #8
2nd Jeff Letson #131
3rd Jim Wall #91
4th Rocky Rogers #145
5th Parker Pugh #131p
6th Branden Curren #00
7th Cameron Berry #101
8th Wade Redd #17
9th Troy Grey #77
10th John Thomas #47
11th Johnny Brazier #71

With all divisions qualifying the Open sportsman saw Budweiser quick time pole award going to #19 Billy Melvin with a time of 21.626. Second was#7Justin Caton laying down a lap of 21.768 and third was #33Joe Bethea Jr. 21.903

10 cars took the green for the first feature of the night. #21 Jason Furrow started on the pole due to the 6 car inversion and held the spot till caution flew for a spin in turn 4. On the restart #19 Melvin made his move to the front and never looked back. Points leader Justin Caton from Jemison Al. ran Melvin hard thru numerous cautions and restarts. But just couldn’t make the pass. Some new cars were at Montgomery Motor Speedway in the Open Sportsman Division as this class continues to grow. Anthony Lilla was taking his first laps behind the wheel of the #22. Kenny King #14 from Seminole Al. made the trip up just in time for the feature. Joe Hudson was piloting a new entry #54, Joey Holt was in the #51 car and Billy Melvin was in the #19.

Justin Caton #7 had a clutch issue on 23 to end his night but was able to collect enough points to secure his first track championship in the Open Sportsman Division for 2014.

The #19 of Billy Melvin was flagged the winner but the car failed post race inspection giving the win to Jason Furrow #21 in the blacksheep woodlands, Mullican Flooring sponsored machine , His first win of the year.

1st Jason Furrow #21
2nd Joe Hudson #54
3rd Kenny King #14
4th Anthony Lilla #22
5th Bo McCraney #44
6th Justin Caton #7
7th Larry Speakman #91
8th Joe Bethea Jr. #33
9th Joey Holt
DQ Billy Melvin

With the folks from Uncle Bob’s Self Storage in the VIP suite all attention turned to the track when the Street Stocks rolled out. Deatsville Al. Joe Bethea Jr #33. set fast time in Budweiser qualifying at 23.105. Double Duty driver #51Perry Patino was second with a time of 23.215. 3rd was #24 David Wood at 23.355. 4th saw Brad Edwards in the #18 Interstate Batteries entry at 23.383 and 2014 Street Stock Track champion Dwayne Wesenberg rounded out the top 5 with a time of 23.501

The 6 car inversion put #82 Kameron Wesenberg on the pole with his father and car owner on the outside. The elder Wesenberg jumped out to a quick lead and was soon challenged by #51 Patino. This has been a familier site this year as these 2 cars have put on a show for the MMS fans. The duo has been door to door for many laps and this division has provided some of the best racing Montgomery Motor Speedway has to offer.Some Fans may have noticed a blast from the past as Donny Wilson was piloting the #12 Smurfman entry as Josh was not able to be at the track this evening. The Front group of cars ran as a pack for most of the race with Wesenberg, Patino and Bethea all taking the lead at some point. #31 led 13 laps #51 led 12 laps and Bethea led 5 laps Must importantly the last one and brought home the checkers.

1st Joe Bethea Jr. #33
2nd Perry Patino #51
3rd Dwayne Wesenberg 331
4th David wood #24
5th Kameron Wesenberg #82
6th Brad Edwards #18
7th Donny Wilson #12
8th Bubba Nesbitt #88
9th Greg Foley #32

Montgomery Motor Speedway would like to thank all the Fans ,Racers and Officials that braved the hot weather to make the Saturday of Speed a success.

Montgomery motor Speedway will be back in action in 2 week for the 50th Alabama 200 featuring the Southern Super Series. The race night will also highlight the return of the MARS Motorcycle racing seies, The Open Sportsman, Uncle Bob’s Self Storage Street Stocks and the Modified Minis. The track will hold an open practice for all divisions on Friday night with gates opening at 4 and practice from 5-9. Saturday pits will open at 10am. Grandstands will open at 4 with racing starting at 6.

Tickets for the Alabama 200 are $20 for Adults $15 seniors and Military $10 for kids 6-12 and 5 and under are free.
For more info call the track at 334-262-6101 or on the web

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